Trip Planner:   Europe  /  France  /  Hauts-de-France  /  Nord  /  Fromelles  /  Historic Sites  /  Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery

Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery, Fromelles

(5/5 based on 30+ reviews on the web)
Fromelles Military Cemetery is a First World War cemetery built by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on the outskirts of Fromelles in northern France, near the Belgian border. Constructed between 2009 and 2010, it was the first new Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery for more than 50 years, the last such cemeteries having been built after the Second World War. The cemetery contains the graves of 250 British and Australian soldiers who died on 19 July 1916 in the Battle of Fromelles.The bodies were discovered following historical research that included analysis of aerial photographs showing the presence of mass graves on the edge of Pheasant Wood, just outside the village of Fromelles. The presence of the bodies was confirmed in May 2008, and the bodies were recovered during excavation work in 2009. A specially convened Identification Board published a report on 17 March 2010 announcing the first 75 bodies to have been successfully identified using DNA analysis. Further identification will continue until at least 2014.In parallel with the recovery and identification projects, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission was asked by the British and Australian governments to construct a new cemetery to house the bodies. Building work on the cemetery began in May 2009, and the main structural elements were completed by January 2010. The dead soldiers were reburied with full military honours in a series of funeral services in January and February 2010. The ceremonial first reburial took place on 30 January 2010.
Plan to see Pheasant Wood Military Cemetery and other attractions that appeal to you using our Fromelles trip itinerary builder.
Source
map
Create a full Fromelles itinerary

Plan your trip to Fromelles

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Nord by other users

3 days in Lille BY A USER FROM BELGIUM April, teens, outdoors, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: April, teens, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 60 days in Lille BY A USER FROM MEXICO August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: August, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 1 day in Lille BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Nord BY A USER FROM SPAIN April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Lille BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 3 days in Lille BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 4 days in Lille & Brussels BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM March, outdoors, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 4 days in France, Luxembourg City & Bruges BY A USER FROM UNITED KINGDOM April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 32 days in France, Spain & Leuven BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS July, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Europe BY A USER FROM GERMANY April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Lille BY A USER FROM NETHERLANDS February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 2 days in Lille BY A USER FROM BRAZIL April, outdoors, popular PREFERENCES: April, outdoors ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • Recent cemetery, 2010, built following the discovery of a mass grave, of 250 bodies of soldiers. After meticulous identification of the body, they are Australian and British soldiers who died in 1916 at the battle of Fromelles. This discovery was undoubtedly, for many families an emotional shock. You can also visit the Museum of the battle of Fromelles. Easy access, free parking.
    View original
  • The pheasant wood cemetery is a credit to the War Graves Commission for its building and continuing to bury those found who died so very long ago. It is another touching tribute to the men of Fromelle...  more »
  • We attended the Centenary event at Fromelles in July 2016, followed by Pozieres centenary a few days later. A very moving experience and both events very well organised. So glad we were able to attend...  more »